Do you have a region-free blu-ray player?
I'd recommend almost anything released by Masters of Cinema -- the team behind those releases seem to have more focused tastes than Criterion, and put out a similar level product. I continue updating this thread just to keep track of interesting classic releases that would otherwise disappear into the internet ether or to highlight obscure releases I think deserve more attention. As I said a few posts back, the Rollins are an acquired taste. The Big Combo is a prime example of noir cinematography, shot by John Alton, who wrote the seminal cinematography book Painting with Light
. Most of the titles I post in here are put out by boutique labels that rely on making every sale they can garner to stay alive. I understand the hesitancy to blind buy anything you haven't seen, but if you sample something in this thread and dig it, consider purchasing. Especially from an outfit like Vinegar Syndrome that is run by two guys. There are tons of movies I still want HD transfers of. I figure if these labels don't see a profit, HD transfers of the remaining films I'm hoping for will mostly never come to light.
The Pialat releases I'd definitely recommend, especially if you like Cassavetes. Those directors are related to each other a lot, and while they're not really the same, Pialat movies exhibit a similarly elite level of acting that, in the realm of naturalism, isn't really equalled by anyone but the Dardennes in my opinion. I find the Dardennes Bros. movies kind of general though in comparison to stuff by Pialat, who is more specifically focused on emotionally violent relationships between families and lovers.
Check DVDBeaver and Blu-ray.com for reviews. The Olive transfers can be all over the place, but I imagine they'll put some effort into something like The Big Combo. I list the director alongside most of these titles. Figure everyone here has their own leanings. Go by that I guess.